She was kidnapped on Tuesday night at her residence in the Old Assembly Quarters in the Ekeki area of Yenagoa.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Command, SP Asinim Butswat confirmed the incident in a statement obtained by Daily Independent.
According to him, the victim was abducted at 11 pm and taken to an unknown place by the bandits.
Butswat said, “Madam Betinah Benson, 80 years, was kidnapped on 20th July 2021, at about 2300 hours at her residence at Old Legislative Quarters, Azikoro Road, Yenagoa.
“The kidnappers, who were dressed in military camouflage, stormed the residence and kidnapped the victim to an unknown destination.”
He also said the Commissioner of Police, Mr Mike Okoli and other detectives had visited the scene of Madam Benson’s abduction.
The statement added that the command had launched a manhunt for the rescue of the octogenarian.
It would be recalled that the mother of the former Speaker of Bayelsa State House of Assembly was also kidnapped in January 2013 at her residence in their village, Korokorosei, in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
Also, in May 2014, the SSG’s mother-in-law, Madama Ogboro Orumo Dark, aged 86, was abducted at her residence in the Seibiri compound, also in Korokorosei.
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